So here’s the thing – I don’t like to wear pants. There. I said it and I’m glad. Once you get into the habit of wearing dresses and skirts all the time, jeans are just awful.

This poses a problem in the winter, because a) I’m always cold, and b) it’s g.d. cold outside. In the winter, you can usually find me in my much-maligned jeans or sweatpants, socks, and a sweater, huddled under a blanket and thinking about pancakes.

However, this year I’m determined to keep my shit together and stay warm, all at the same time. I’ve been filling some gaps in my cold-weather wardrobe and think I’ve figured out a few solutions.

My current favorites are shorter skirts made from heavy materials. The brown one is a wool blend and the other is a poly blend.

Worn higher up on the waist, the hem hits just above the knee. Paired with tall boots and heavy leggings or knee socks, they’re perfect. For those 8 minutes a day I’m exposed to cold air, I’m able to stay warm. FYI, both skirts were purchased at Goodwill.

Speaking of tall boots, these are my go-to boots this year:

Frye Campus boots and suede wedge boots that my parents bought me for Christmas about 784 years ago.

Also on rotation this season:

A wool coat, found for $8.99 at Goodwill. I was looking for a short winter coat and Goodwill saved the day.

And my last first-world dilemma is this – how to wear these boots with dresses without looking like a dork:

Sorry. I’m kind of a boot whore, can you tell? These are Ariats, and they’re super-comfy, but I’m not used to wearing them with anything other than pants.

Anyone have any stay-warm tactics this year that don’t involve a balaclava? Let me know!